Debian Won't Install! (System Locks Up)
Awhile back, I purchased a book, "Learning Debian
GNU/Linux", and was unable to install the version of Debian
that came with the book (the CD-ROM that was included in
the back of the book).
So, I then purchased the CD-ROM's for Debian, version
"Potato", from a mail-order vendor. Still had problems.
In the installation, the install program that comes up is a
simple text-based interface, with scrolling lists and such.
But if I try to scroll the lists, the whole computer
bombs--it just locks up. It is very strange; the keyboard
wont' work, the RESET switch won't work, I have to
power-down, and then power back up and reboot.
I am booting from the CD-ROM (although I have tried making
floppy disks to boot from; but it didn't matter).
I joined the "debian-user" list, to try and figure out what
was wrong. On the list, some people suggested that my
video card might be to blame; even though it works fine in
all other operating systems. The card is an ATI Rage 128.
It was suggested that I try WOODY Debian.
So, I just received my CD-ROMs containing WOODY. However,
I STILL CANNOT INSTALL! What is going on?
I can get through the installation process, by formatting
my hard drive ahead of time, and then just hitting <ENTER>
at each prompt. BUT THE REAL PROBLEM COMES when I am
supposed to choose "modules". I do not understand this
part, but in the book, "Learning Debian GNU/Linux", at this
section, they say that I should choose THESE MODULES to
Table 3-3: Modules To Install
Catgory | Module
fs | binfmt_aout
fs | smbfs
fs | vfat
misc | lp
misc | serial
net | bsd_comp
net | dummy
net | ppp
I show these, to point out exactly where in the
installation procedure I always fail. I cannot scroll
through these lists; in fact, I can choose the FIRST "fs"
above (binfmt_aout), because I don't have to scroll any
lists, I just have to click the down-arrow a few times to
get to where "fs" is, and then when I select that,
"binfmt_aout" is right there, and I select that, and then
it is fine.
But when I go further down the list, the greater the
chances the system is going to lock up, WITHOUT WARNING.
This is a simple, text-based install procedure. It should
be compatible with ANY basic video card. What is going on?
I am currently running Red Hat Linux 7.1. I can also run
(and have run just fine in the past:) SuSE Linux, Mandrake
Linux, and various other types of Linux that I've tried.
Also, I used to run Windows 95, 98, and 2000 on this very
system, with no problems.
BUT I WANT TO RUN DEBIAN!
The video card doesn't seem to be what's a fault, anymore.
I think the install procedure in Debian has a flaw,
somehow; but how? If it works for everyone else?
I stripped ALL of the hardware out of my computer, except
what was absolutely NEEDED for the install--trying to see
what other pieces of hardware might be causing the trouble.
I also changed my keyboard, twice. I haven't tried a
different video card, because I cannot afford it, and
anyhow I am using that same video card in Linux, right now
(but tragically, this isn't Debian!) I am running Red Hat
I have an ABIT motherboard, with 256 MB of RAM, a sis-gig
hard drive, a 30-gig hard drive, an Intel PII 400 MHz, 300W
power supply, D-Link DFE-530TX ethernet card, standard
SoundBlaster sound card, a 56kb modem card that is not
being used, a generic fast CD-ROM player (56X? I don't
recall), and a floppy drive. I am using a cable modem box,
for Cox@home Internet connection.
Does anyone have any ideas at all? Please help!
If there are alternative ways to install Debian from the
CD-ROM (automatic, for instance), then I would like to hear
about any & all alternatives; because I figure that once it
is installed, the problem will go away--after all, Debian
IS simply Linux, and I am using Linux right now! :-)
Thanks in advance,
--Mark Seven Smith